They could be lurking in your hallway, clothes closet, in your living room…just to name a few places!
Wondering how you should go about organizing them?
In this post I offer a few tips to help you to tackle and organize an overflowing shoe collection.
(Hint: the solution is to not to eat your shoes or shoelaces, like the cute kitten in the attached photo.)
Organizing Tip: How to Organize a Shoe Collection
Streamline your collection.
You’ve got lots and lots of shoes, but how many of those pairs do you actually even wear on a regular basis? Before you even think about organizing your collection, you should make a thorough inspection of your shoes. Divide your collection into the following piles: shoes you want to keep, shoes that are lightly worn or not worn at all and can be donated, shoes that are heavily damaged and beyond repair. Having trouble deciding whether or not you should keep a pair? Get rid of shoes that are:
- Not your size (and as such, will never fit your feet)
- Uncomfortable to wear for even a short period of time
- Overly worn, torn, ripped, scuffed or beyond any form of repair by a shoemaker or cobbler
Organize shoes by usage.
One of the easiest ways to organize shoes is by usage. For example, you probably have shoes that you use for work, casual events, elegant affairs and certain sports. Going even further, there’s probably several pairs of shoes in your wardrobe you wear on a regular basis. Pull out these pairs and focus on storing them in easily accessible places throughout your home in your bedroom, hallway or mudroom. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous when it comes to organization, you can bump up the bar and organize your shoes by color, heel height, fabric or material, season, close toe versus open toe, company or brand, treads and so on. For all those other pairs that are used only occasionally during certain seasons or events, you’ll want to create separate storage.
Select smart storage solutions.
There’s tons of ways to store shoes; the trick is to find a method that work for you and your available living space (not everyone can have a walk-in shoe closet, sigh…). Look for storage materials that allow shoes to breathe and air out when not in use. Choose from over the door shoe hangers and sleeves, old bookcases or other low forms of shelving or cubbyholes (you can store your shoes side by side), under the bed storage containers and so on. If you have a small shoe collection, you can just line up your shoes neatly on the floor of your clothes closet or in a hallway. You should also get into the habit of rotating your shoes by season; you’re probably not going to wear knee high leather boots in the summer or strappy sandals in the middle of a snowstorm in the wintertime.
How about you? What is your favorite pair of shoes? Where you store or keep them so you always have access to them? Join in the conversation and leave a comment below!